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Nov 16, 2013 1:00pm EST
, and the inability of the gun boats to prevent destructive forces. and don't forget that the british burned the u.s. capitol. so, there were a number of set-backs. now, despite the set-backs and losses. the war concluded on a positive note. and that positive note reshape today the american perception of the conflict. that positive note was, the battle of new orleans. in fact, naval and military operations at new orleans in december 1814, and in january of 1815, represented the victory of american values over british hautiness and in doing so, it highlighted how multi-facetted, how republican, little r republican, multiple-faceted republican defense resulted in a strategic victory. if you know anything about new orleans or the crescent city, it's kind of hard to get to. i mean, it is a -- it commands the great mississippi watershed and it's geography literally guaranteed an american victory. sitting 150 miles from the mouth of the river, the city was and still is today surrounded by swamps, marshes, shallow lakes, and bayous. thus, access to new orleans was im practical except by water. master com
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